More than 10 lakh citizens have already been tested for the COVID 19 under the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) since the outbreak of pandemic last year. So far, a total of 97,591 people found positive of COVID 19 with an overall 9.7 percent positivity rate. The total testing including the rapid antigen tests.
The civic body started in March 2020 following the outbreak of pandemic and a lockdown was imposed across the country.
As per the data shared by the civic health department, till May 26, the civic body conducted a total 1003615 tests for COVID 19 of which 4,76,420 tests were RtPCR and the remaining 5,27,195 tests were the Rapid Antigen tests.
Of the total 97,591 positive cases of COVID 19, 94,271 people recovered and discharged. At present, the total number of active cases in the city is 1747. However, since last year, a total of 1573 people lost their lives due to infection of COVID 19.
According to civic official the total population of the city is around 15 lakh and 10 lakh citizens have already been tested for COVID 19. “We conducted the aggressively when number of cases were rising to trace the maximum number of people. This is also one of the reasons why new cases of COVID have come down,” said an official from civic health department.
The civic body set up its own testing lab for RtPCR test in Nerul hospital with a capacity to carry out upto 1000 tests per day. There was a time when the civic body conducted over 4000 tests per day including Antigen. The civic body also saved huge amount of money by setting up its own lab as it saved around Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 in per tests from market costs.